Date: 17th April 2017 at 2:08pm
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By Russell Edge

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has made five changes to his side for their visit to Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

Former Ipswich man Daryl Murphy, who was brought to St James’ Park from the Tractor Boys last summer, is chosen to lead the line, replacing Aleksandr Mitrovic.

Full back DeAndre Yedlin returns to the side after an injury lay-off, but Ciaran Clark is still missing, so Grant Hanley starts alongside Jamaal Lascelles at centre back.

Christian Atsu and Mo Diame also return to the starting eleven.

The club announced the line up via their official Twitter account ahead of the 3pm kick off.

A win for the Magpies could close the gap to league leaders Brighton and Hove Albion to just one point, if they lose at home to Wigan Athletic.

Newcastle’s only defeat in eleven league games against Ipswich came back in 2001, and Mick McCarthy has failed to beat the Magpies since 1992.

In other Newcastle news,the club are reportedly in a three-way battle to sign this in-demand attacker.

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